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Winter Merino Tops

Winter clothing is always jeans for me. I often can’t be bothered with fussy tights and dresses when the wind is howling and it’s raining yet again. So, desperate for warmer tops, I dug out some merino fabric.

Being warm, breathable and lightweight, it’s the perfect fabric for layering.

Raglan Sleeve Merino

I picked up this raspberry merino from The Fabric Store and the top was in solid rotation as soon as it was finished (actually, even before that. I wore it unhemmed for a couple of days!).

Raglan Sleeve Merino

With this top, I wanted a loose fit, but specifically with raglan sleeves. So using a Kwik Sew pattern (#3120), I made a size small top, graduating it out to a medium in the waist to give it a sloppy, relaxed fit. I also added length to the sleeves ’cause I love to pull them down and keep my knuckles warm on a cold morning.

Because I wore the top constantly, I needed another to get me through laundry day.  So, making the most of a recent sale, I promptly scooped up more merino in various colours.

merino top for winter

Version two is a pink Megan Nielsen Briar with scoop hems. It’s very similar to the red one above, but the neckline is lower and the sleeves are standard rather than raglan.

I should have gone down a size though, because this merino jersey is super stretchy. Lesson learned.

Megan Nielsen Briar in merino

I love pairing the tops with a Robson coat and ankle boots. It’s been my apparent uniform for the last week!

Megan Nielsen Briar in merino

In the hopes of stopping the super stretchy knit from warping over time, I opted to reinforce the neck and shoulder seams with ribbon. Fingers crossed!

merino top for winter

And I finally learned how to use my twin needle! I love the professional finish.

merino top for winter

Since making swimwear last year, I’m falling in love with using knits again and merino has only encouraged that. It’s very forgiving and easier to sew than it might appear. I’m hooked.

I believe merino can be tough to source if you’re outside of NZ? The Fabric Store have outlets in NZ, Australia and the US and happily take phone orders (I do it a lot!), if that helps.

Happy sewing!

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8 Comments

    • Aren’t we just?! I see The Fabric Store have just got a new shipment of luscious NZ merinos in store too. We’re so spoilt!

  1. It looks fantastic… perfect for jeans. And the color will brighten up a cold winter day! I love how you reinforced the neckline with ribbons. Keep us posted on how that works out. It looks like a brilliant idea!

    • Thanks! I love a punch of colour in my day, especially during winter. And yes, I’ll let you know. It’s already had 2 washes and plenty of wear with no problems though

    • It really is a great fabric. I can’t believe it took me so long to embrace it! Just had to get over that aversion to knit fabrics.

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